McKay Art Sunctuary Bursting with Creativity

Ceramics classes are in a groove! We are pumping out beautiful works, such as sculpted rattles, mugs, boxes and Contemporary Canopic Jars and POP Art! Routines and systems are in place and the studio nearly runs itself! Our word of the week is Critique and we are starting to use our new visual vocabulary as we evaluate our own work. Students write everyday and are really strengthening their visual literacy.

Printmaking is also running smoothly and efficiently. Michelle is dominating the Google classroom feature. Students are logging in and easily finding her videos and instructions, taking notes and self starting thereafter. Much of her curriculum is student led also freeing her up to work others more one on one or simply facilitating activities. Mixed Media is working on a very hands one exploratory project that has kids engaged, all over the room, and experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.

Digital Photo students are working on photo shoots focusing on the elements of design and developing strong compositions. I have had several students pass through the area respectfully and responsibly. Im always curious about what their assignment is and when I ask them they are able to articulate the goals and processes. I am impressed by the scaffolding occurring in level 2, as they are really digging deep in to rigorous technical work, as is the nature of this challenging subject matter. It is also very cool to hear many Douglas’ daily prompts and essential questions that get our students thinking about very relatable and relevant social issues. Breakin’ brains!

Drawing/painting – Mr. McQuilling is a great addition to our Sanctuary Team, in his first year at McKay. He has a strong background in mindfulness, eastern philosophy and communication techniques. As an Art team, we have learned many techniques with instruction and in buildinga positive, safe and tranquil place for creativity to flourish. He too, is scaffolding for students in a way that is leading students to some very successful products.

2017-12-27T08:02:34+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Attendance Reminder

Attendance Reminder

Students that are attending non-school related activities during the school day must have parent approval.  Please communicate with the attendance office at 503-399-3043 to excuse student absences.

2017-11-07T07:14:09+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

McKay Culinary Students Show Their Skills

9 of our amazing McKay culinary students joined forces with South Salem culinary students to help with the Saxon annual Fall Feast . They helped set up , prep , prepare , plate ,serve, and clean  up . This was a 5 course plated served prix fixe meal. In addition to the kids getting to apply their knowledge in a different environment working for another chef, they did a remarkable job in being great ambassadors for McKay. We are now planning how we can do it again .


2017-12-27T08:02:34+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

PSU and WOU On-site Admissions a HUGE Success

On-site admissions with PSU and WOU were a huge success this week here at McKay! 52 of our McKay students were accepted to PSU and 29 to WOU! Congratulations to these McKay seniors who will be continuing their education after graduation this Spring.

2017-12-27T08:02:34+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

McKay Orchestra Students join in “Beatles -vs-Stones” at the Elsinore Theatre November 4

Four McKay students become stars on Nov. 4 at the Elsinore Theatre. These musicians will play back-up for the Beatles -vs-Stones musical event.

Click here to see the full story in the Statesman Journal.


2017-11-02T11:50:56+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

Duck Express – Coming to McKay Nov 6!

Duck Express is coming to McKay on November 6 from 1:00 to 3:00. You will do the following prior to November 6th : Complete your application to the University of Oregon, have a current transcript, a completed Fee Deferral and your next semester class schedule printed. For those students who are undocumented, you will need to complete a Tuition Equity Affidavit Form before November 6. The Tuition Equity Affidavit Forms, Fee Deferral forms and the sign up list are available in Mr. Brooks Office. The students who participate in the Duck Express will be guaranteed an admission response by December 15.

2017-11-01T14:04:08+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

College Application Week – November 6 – 9

October 25th, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

Throughout the month of November, schools and community organizations across the state will be celebrating Oregon College Application Week (CAW). These sites will host events to assist students with the college application process. We are thrilled that McKay High School will participate in the CAW effort, with the goal of ensuring that all members of our senior class apply to at least one two-year or four-year college or university this fall. McKay’s CAW events will occur November 6th-9th.

The primary goal of Oregon College Application Week is to provide an opportunity for all Oregon seniors to complete and file college applications. To us, college means any education program beyond high school including certificate programs, two-year degree programs, and four-year degree programs.

Students should complete the College Application Worksheet we have attached to this letter in order to be efficient when applying to college. We are encouraging all students who have not yet applied to college to complete the worksheet prior to the event, as it has all the information students will need to complete an online application. We expect that students and their families may need to work together in gathering the information listed in the checklist. This event takes place in our library. It will be open all throughout that week, all day, with staff available to help with student support.

Families are welcome to visit the school to assist their student during the application process. In addition, if you are interested in volunteering during the event, please let me know. Volunteers can greet and sign in students, assist students with the completion of online college applications, or distribute information about financial aid opportunities.

If you have any questions please call Jennifer Strong, Counselor, at (503) 399-3080 or You can also find more information about the initiative online at Thank you in advance for your support of this exciting initiative to encourage McKay students to make college a part of their future.


Rob Schoepper, Principal

2017-10-26T15:06:23+00:00 October 26th, 2017|